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The City of Milwaukee, under the leadership of Mayor Tom Barrett, has launched several environmental sustainability initiatives. Milwaukee Emerald Cities Collaborative looks forward to the unique opportunity of working with Milwaukee County and the Office of Sustainability to develop and implement a plan that transforms investments into savings and makes Milwaukee County the national model among the Emerald Cities: 

Refresh Milwaukee: ReFresh Milwaukee provides a vision for community sustainability over the next 10 years and seeks to make Milwaukee a center for sustainability innovation and thought leadership. ReFresh Milwaukee was published in July 2013 and is Milwaukee's first sustainability plan.

Mayor Barrett's Milwaukee Energy Efficiency Plan:  Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (ME²) is a federally-funded program to help homeowners and business owners make energy-efficiency improvements. Often, the up-front costs of such upgrades to a home or business can be challenging. ME2 wants to help alleviate that by providing innovative solutions to help homeowners and business owners implement energy-efficiency projects that will yield large energy savings over time.

ME3: Sustainable Manufacturing:Mayor Barrett and the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) have set aside funding for this sustainable manufacturing program in 2014, for Milwaukee's small and medium-sized manufacturers. This program - Milwaukee E3 (ME3) - is a low-cost program to help manufacturers cut operating expenses while at the same time helping to minimize negative environmental impacts of their manufacturing processes and practices. 

On June 23, 2014, Milwaukee’s ME3 program received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.


County-wide, stakeholders and county officials are developing a $200 million pipeline strategy that includes revamping the city’s sustainability plan and auditing and retrofitting 20% of all county buildings annually, including the County Court House, General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee Public Museum and Research Park.


EC Milwaukee has written an award-winning DOE Better Buildings grant for the city of Milwaukee's launch of their single family retrofit program. The grant has also helped identity a municipal program, resulting in the initial benchmarking of 200 buildings. 




Mark Kessenich: Local Director

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